LONGLISTED FOR THE 2021 RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE.
In Strangers, Rebecca Tamas explores where the human and nonhuman meet, and why this delicate connection just might be the most important relationship of our times. From ‘On Watermelon’ to ‘On Grief’, Tamas’s essays are exhilarating to read in their radical and original exploration of the links between the environmental, the political, the folkloric and the historical. From thinking stones, to fairgrounds, from colliding planets to transformative cockroaches, Tamas’s lyrical perspective takes the reader on a journey between body, land and spirit-exploring a new ecological vision for our fractured, fragile world.
‘A fascinating, lyrical exploration of the eco-political, from human and non-human bodies to landscapes. Tamas’ essays are deeply rooted in folklore and the fragility of existence. A stunning work of enquiry and eloquence.’ -Sinead Gleeson; ‘Bursting with intellectual generosity. Deep wide roots and radical shoots. ‘ -Max Porter; ‘exciting and clear-eyed’ -Melissa Harrison; ‘Rebecca Tamas has the ability to bring together our planet’s environment with the ecology of the imagination, to retrieve silent life-forms alongside forgotten intellectual movements. This creates a shifting perspective in her essays which illuminates while giving unexpected pleasure.’ -Amit Chaudhuri; ‘To read Rebecca Tamas is to feel weirdly, uncannily creaturely, and to see all around us as pulsing with meaning.’ -Katherine Angel; ‘Strangers is a much-needed lesson in how to love–unconditionally and immeasurably–a dying world.’ -Jessica J Lee; ‘Erudite yet intimate, moving yet fierce, Rebecca Tamas’ hungry exploration of the world – occurring at the porous boundary between literary forms – made me rethink what it means to be humane.’ -Olivia Sudjic; ‘Rebecca Tamas writes searingly on loss, transformation, art and the body. Her writing is tender and sharp, brimming with heat’ -Nina Mingya Powles; ‘Strangers is an extraordinary, essential book. Both quiet and loud. Strange yet explicit.’ -Sara Baume; ‘These essays are sharp, purposeful, moving and strange: necessary writing for now.’ -Jenn Ashworth; ‘The writing in these essays is luminous and urgent, intensely intimate and wildly global. Strangers is an intricate exploration of environmental precarity, literary strangeness, and the importance of the nonhuman.’ -Naomi Booth; ‘Strangers is a work of generous, optimistic curiosity, one which forgoes the easy promise of a world to come and invites us instead into a relationship of charged “feral intimacy” with a world that is already here.’ -Sam Byers; ‘Tamas builds a world so intimate for us here, teaching us how to unlearn and relearn, relive and relove.’ -Supriya Kaur Dhaliwal; ‘This is a feminist document, and one which holds emotion as a power source rather than an embarrassing appendage of experience. Emotion is recognised here as a key to understanding.’ -Rosalind Blake, MAP
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